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Articles by Melissa Sweet

Introducing “The Croakey Koori” and “Wonky Health” – please support

If you are a regular or even an occasional reader of Croakey – or even if you are visiting for your first time today – I invite you to support two new writing-for-health projects. They are: • The Croakey Koori Kelly Briggs, a Gomeroi writer from Moree (famous on Twitter as @TheKooriWoman), is fund-raising via [...]

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Health sector urged to engage with social media advocacy around climate change

The previous Croakey post contained some advice, from the BMJ and elsewhere, for how health professionals might respond to the climate emergency. In the article below, Fiona Armstrong, convenor of the Climate and Health Alliance, suggests the health sector should be engaging with social media, and invites you to join a social media Thunderclap on climate [...]

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On climate change and human survival: this is an emergency (and how health professionals might respond)

“Climate change could make humans extinct warns health expert” – this is a headline ahead of today’s launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Impacts volume of the Fifth Assessment Report. This headline represents news that is also not news. We know this. We have been told and told. Again and again. It’s [...]

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Putting the spotlight on mental health in the mining sector

A new guide has been developed to help address concerns about the mental health and wellbeing of those working in the NSW mining sector. The background to the guide’s development is described below by Jaelea Skehan, the Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, and Brian Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry and the interim chair [...]

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A great big wrap of Congress Lowitja coverage

This is the final instalment of Croakey’s coverage of the recent Congress Lowitja. Marie McInerney reports on Professor Marcia Langton’s advice for the community controlled sector and a new book that promotes family wellbeing and empowerment. And towards the bottom of the post are some Twitter highlights and photos from the conference. *** Community controlled [...]

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Raising questions about the cultural competence of health professionals and services

The importance of developing culturally competent health professionals and services was explored at Congress Lowitja in Melbourne recently. Marie McInerney reports: Evidence of why we need culturally competent health professionals and services may be found in preliminary research which is showing different rates of unspecified diagnoses in major hospitals between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and [...]

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A chance to “get social” with AHPRA

One small tweet – but one huge step. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is finally showing signs of “getting social”. Not only has it listened to the Twitter-storm  of concern about guidelines affecting social media commentary about regulated health professionals, it is engaging in the Twitterverse via @AHPRA. Tune in at 12 noon on [...]

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What did you do while the earth was unravelling? Health sector urged to act on climate change

Doctors and medical students gathered in Melbourne recently for a stellar line up of speakers at a Doctors for the Environment Australia conference. As The Guardian has already reported, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt faced a sceptical crowd, with medical leaders unhappy about the government’s climate change policies. Thanks to the tweeters for providing the below [...]

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The TGA – a watchdog with dentures?

Note: A response from the TGA was added on 28 March – see bottom of post. Questions are again being raised about the effectiveness of the Therapeutic Goods Administration as a regulator, with two Canberra University academics suggesting that “a culture of regulatory inertia” is entrenched at the TGA. *** Canberra Law School academics Bruce [...]

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Catch some beautiful songs and stories and have a laugh too: showcasing strong culture

A strong cultural identity is widely acknowledged as important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing, and the recent Congress Lowija showcased some inspiring projects. Marie McInerney reports: A chance meeting outside a country town hall inspired a new project for the Stiff Gins – one of Australia’s most popular Indigenous singing groups [...]

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